As I wrap up my year as your President, I have mixed emotions leaving my role. While I will be moving to Past President, there are still so many things I wanted to accomplish. Fortunately, your incoming President, Colleen Sollars, is amazing and I will be working closely with her and the other Board members to continue improving upon the many good things that were accomplished. We held our first virtual Professional Development Day with better than expected attendance. We continued with our monthly lunch 'n learns and dinner/networking events in a virtual environment. In fact, our attendance has been up for all of these events, because folks don't have to travel [to a venue]. And, because we’ve been virtual, our speakers hail from across the country, which has really opened up possibilities for new and different topics. But, while I do love all of the online engagement, I'm still missing face to face interactions. We will have some form of face to face meetings, possibly even “hybrid” options, just as soon as local public health officials provide the green light.
One the greatest strengths of PMI as an organization is our network of volunteer-led chapters. Chapters are the backbone of PMI and volunteers are "our secret sauce." Volunteers continue to make such a significant impact with their passion, dedication and commitment.
I believe that both chapters and volunteers are our value enablers. This network of stakeholders gives us incredible insights to the challenges faced by project professionals in every corner of the world. And this community is an incredible platform to make an impact on some of the world’s biggest challenges we are facing today. All of you bring ideas to reality and bring visions to life.